You're probably not getting enough snacks in during the day. That's probably contributing to your relatively high A1C. You need to have a little bit of carb and a protein in between meals. A stalk of celery with a small amount of low sugar peanut butter or cheese spread will help you in between meals. You never should allow yourself to go too long without eating a little something. Starving yourself will cause your liver to squirt out glucose and that will drive up your A1C. Good luck.
A diagnosis of diabetes definitely can be scary. Ask your doctor for a referral to a certified diabetes educator or a diabetes education program, and that will give you the knowledge you need to manage diabetes on a day-to-day basis. The American Diabetes Association also has helpful information to get you started at www.diabetes.org. ~Lynn @Glucerna
I am new to the site, but am not new to diabetes diagnosis. 20+ years ago I was very low energy and couldn't figure it out. Was diagnosed with Type II diabetes when I thought they'd find thyroid disease. Couldn't believe it. Since then I have been to 3 education sessions and they keep changing the range rules. I have gone through several oral medications all to have lost effectiveness over time. I resisted insulin until 2 years ago, but now have some control and can eat some fun things without remaining above 200 for days. I don't lose weight anymore although activity helps me keep numbers in acceptable range. My most recent A1c still 8.3. You can't panic, just learn what you can, watch your total carbs and move your body. Diabetes is progressive they tell me. For now my organs, nerves and eys are good. Keep up with doctor visits. Take your meds.
It's good to hear that you're doing better on insulin. You're right that diabetes is progressive, and also that as research on diabetes is completed, the guidelines and recommendations are updated. It sounds like you're doing really well overall! ~Lynn @Glucerna